A study by Lise et al., 2015, on the outcome of a training program on aphasia communication techniques for nursing staff at a large hospital

“In the interviews, the nurses described feeling more confident about their ability to communicate with patients, more certain about establishing understanding with patients, and more willing to initiate conversations about complex topics.”


Lise R. Jensen, Annelise P. Løvholt, Inger R. Sørensen, Anna M. Blüdnikow, Helle K. Iversen, Anders Hougaard, Lone L. Mathiesen & Hysse B. Forchhammer (2015) Implementation of supported conversation for communication between nursing staff and in-hospital patients with aphasia, Aphasiology, 29:1, 57-80, DOI: 10.1080/02687038.2014.955708

“Despite evidence that Communication Partner Training (CPT) can enable health professionals to communicate more effectively with people with aphasia (PWA), an evidence-practice gap exists.” 

“According to HCP, communication difficulties challenge the provision of healthcare activities and lead to negative feelings in HCP. HCP suggest that communication can be improved by providing more time in the healthcare pathway of people with aphasia, adapting healthcare information to the needs of people with aphasia…”,


“The combination of partner training with augmentative strategies may increase staff understanding of all individuals’ rights to have their communicative needs met. The combination of partner training with augmentative strategies may support the influence of persons with aphasia on their own rehabilitation.”


Hansen, D., Kristensen, L. F., Christensen, M. E., Eriksson, K., & Thunberg, G. (2022). ‘They get the opportunity to say what is important for them’: exploring staff’s early perceptions of the implementation of a new communicative approach to patients with aphasia. Disability and rehabilitation, 44(13), 3071–3080. https://doi.org/10.1080/09638288.2020.1853829

Interview responses from people with aphasia:

People with aphasia “longed to regain their former language ability and role as an active participant in society. To enhance participation of persons with aphasia, it is suggested that communication partner training should be an important and integral part of aphasia rehabilitation.” (Johansson et al., 2012)


Johansson, M. B., Carlsson, M., & Sonnander, K. (2012). Communication difficulties and the use of communication strategies: from the perspective of individuals with aphasia. International journal of language & communication disorders, 47(2), 144–155. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1460-6984.2011.00089.x